WHO Chief regrets Trump's decision to pull funding

# 19:48
15 April 2020

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that he regrets US President Donald Trump's decision to withhold the country's funding for the WHO, APA reports.

The head of the global health body also stressed that the WHO and the US have long been partners and expressed hope that this would be the case in the future.

"The United States of America has been a long-standing and generous friend to WHO and we hope it will continue to be so. We regret the decision of the president of the United States to order a hold on funding to the World Health Organization", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

The WHO chief went on to say that the organisation would be assessing the losses from Trump's decision and would "try to fill any gaps" by discussing them with its remaining partners. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also reiterated a sentiment earlier expressed by many countries in the wake of the US move that Washington had chosen a bad time to withdraw its support for the WHO as the world is struggling to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.